COVID-19—Staying Active and Good Sanitation Goes Hand in Hand
Many spectator and participation sports continue to be postponed, gyms closed, and yoga classes cancelled. All in an effort to prevent the spread of the (COVID-19). This is especially disappointing if you were looking forward to the summer season or a good workout.
So, what are people doing more of now than watching sports? Staying active on and offline and sanitizing. Good hand sanitation is key for mitigating COVID-19 and everyone is doing it. Whether you are working from home or on the front line, i.e. medical workers, police, firefighters, store owners, chefs, etc., good hand sanitation is here to stay!
It’s an important step in minimizing the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. But, when you can’t always wash your hands, there are leading disinfectant and anti-bacterial wipes and sprays that work effectively too. Use 70% alcohol-based products to sanitize your hands and body, clean your mat, wipe down your hard surfaces, and spray your work out equipment, sporting goods and gear.
Stock up now! When you add in the health-care organizations on the front lines, hand sanitizer is getting harder and harder to find on the shelves. In part because there aren’t enough of the plastic bottles to package it and a key compound used in the process is also in short supply. More on why hand sanitizer will be hard to find for a long, long time:
A reminder about COVID-19 and going outside:
The coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, such as a cough or sneeze. They are known to travel several feet and can be airborne. However, as long as you don’t have a fever and are feeling well, there’s no reason why you can’t get outside while you practice safe social distancing. As always, be sure to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds and take with you your 70% alcohol-based wipes and sprays before and after any activity with others.
The good news is there are plenty of ways we can maintain our personal hygiene, kill viruses on hard surfaces and, stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. And don’t forget to balance your physical and mental well-being. There’s so much uncertainty in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by stress, fear, depression and anxiety. But there are plenty of things you can do to get through this difficult time without panicking.
There are these other important steps you should follow as well:
1) Practice social distancing …Limiting physical contact is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus—and any other virus. Social distancing guidelines recommend maintaining six feet of space between people especially from strangers and anyone with cold or flu symptoms
2) Avoid handshakes, high-fives, and hugs
3) Avoid touching public surfaces and using shared equipment …The virus may remain active on untreated surfaces for an extended period, so be sure to follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and any equipment you use by yourself or with others. Using a cleaning solution that contains at least 70% alcohol is important, even if you and your family are using your own in-home facilities and equipment.
4) Stay Active during the COVID-19 PANDEMIC … If you are healthy, try tips for safely exercising while maintaining social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or a family member has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home, use separate bathrooms if possible and avoid interacting with others. Consult with your primary care physician or a tele-doc regarding when to resume activity and follow the CDC’s recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 when you do get active. Remember that with any exercise program, you should gradually increase frequency, intensity, and duration to avoid serious injuries. If it hurts, stop doing it. Save the emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office for more important matters.